A national public education project from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network includes a Kansas component.

Medicaid Covers US is our multimedia public education project,” said Jordan Feuerborn, Kansas Government Relations Director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. “It’s meant to foster a dialogue about people who are positively impacted by the Medicaid program and those who are living without health insurance.”

The Medicaid Covers US project has 10 Kansas stories.

“Folks like Stephanie, who was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 30 years old,” said Feuerborn. “She didn’t have health insurance at the time, but she was able to get coverage through our early detection works program, which provides Medicaid health insurance for people with breast and cervical cancer. It saved her life.”

Medicaid Covers US is sharing stories in six states: Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, North Carolina and Virginia.

“As part of this project, we did spend a lot of time doing focus groups and talking with different communities about the
Medicaid program to better gain a sense of people’s understanding and also kind of what they think about the program generally,” said Feuerborn.

As part of the project, ACS CAN also recently commissioned a poll on Americans’ perceptions of Medicaid. 92 percent of Americans feel that Medicaid is an important program. It also found 72 percent of those surveyed support raising Medicaid income eligibility levels.